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Reappoint Chandra Robinson to the Portland Design Commission for a term to expire June 30, 2027


As Mayor, I request Council confirmation of the following appointment to the Portland Design Commission.

The Portland Design Commission has one upcoming change that needs action. The Design Commission provides leadership and expertise on urban design and architecture and advances the purpose of the Design overlay zone. The Design overlay zone ensures that Portland is both a city designed for people and a city in harmony with nature. The Design overlay zone supports the city’s evolution within current and emerging centers of civic life. The overlay promotes design excellence in the built environment through the application of additional design standards and design guidelines. The Portland Design Commission hears Land Use applications for proposals within design districts (Type III applications and Type II appeal applications).

I am recommending one candidate for reappointment to the Architect position on the Portland Design Commission for a 4-year term running from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2027.

ReappointmentMembership Category2nd Full Term
Chandra RobinsonArchitectJuly 1, 2023 – June 30, 2027

Chandra Robinson’s continuation for a second term with the Design Commission comes at critical time given her expertise in the Land Use process, use of Design Guidelines as Approval Criteria, and vast array of public and private experience in Portland development and beyond. Chandra worked with Architects Without Borders for nearly 10 years, assisting communities in need in Tanzania, Haiti, and Nepal by providing design and planning services through listening and collaborating with many cultures. Chandra has practiced with many architectural firms, directly designing and managing various scales of development and has demonstrated a strong knowledge of local codes and design review processes. These professional and personal experiences, both at home and abroad, continue to make Chandra an exceptional Portland Design Commissioner, adding a strong voice with a diverse background of architectural and cultural experiences, and should be reappointed for a second term to continue these exemplary efforts.

Statement from Chandra Robinson:

I have now been a Design Commissioner for 4 years. In that time I have seen changes in what we discuss in the hearings room. We have always focused on the 3 tenets of design - context, public realm and quality and resilience. Today our jobs take on greater importance. We are having frequent conversations about equity, homelessness, urban revitalization through residential development and specifically, restoring vibrancy to the downtown core. These are all issues I am passionate about. I know that positive change will happen, and it will require collaboration, courage and conviction from and within our city government. As part of the Design Commission I look forward to collaborating with my peers on courageous efforts to revitalize our city, inspirational ideas to strengthen communities, and champion equitable design outcomes for all Oregonians.

I recommend that Chandra Robinson be appointed to the Portland Design Commission for a second term dated July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2027.

Ted Wheeler


Impact Statement

Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information

The reappointment of this Commissioner is required by Portland City Code [Title 33] to fulfill quorum requirements for Type 2 Appeals and Type 3 Land Use Reviews.

Financial and Budgetary Impacts

The Commissioner reappointments are citizen-volunteer positions, so no revenue or expenses are incurred by these positions.

Community Impacts and Community Involvement

The Bureau of Development Services continually advertises positions for the Commission through its webpage, City of Portland job opportunities webpage, NeoGov, through media announcements of upcoming positions, and through phone calls by Staff. Media announcements are widely circulated in the design, development, and neighborhood community news outlets and web pages.

100% Renewable Goal

This proposal is for an appointment of an individual to a volunteer commission; therefore, this goal is not applicable to this action.

This legislation appoints citizen volunteers to serve on the Portland Design Commission and will therefore have no impact on the City’s energy use. This legislation neither contributes to nor detracts from the City’s goal of meeting 100% of community-wide energy needs with renewable energy by 2050.

Document History

Item 530 Consent Agenda in June 28, 2023 Council Agenda

City Council


  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
  • Commissioner Rene Gonzalez Yea
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

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